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» Teaching English through songs in the digital age – #ELTchat summary 12/01/2011

» Teaching English through songs in the digital age – #ELTchat summary 12/01/2011
This absolutely fantastic summary was contributed by Vicky Saumell on her blog in 4 consective posts which I have merged into one single post. As Viky herself remarks below in her post, it is an amazing collection of resources all shared by you, #ELTchatters! What a fantastic resource this has turned into! And thanks to Vicky for an outstanding job!!! 1. Background readings and resources In case you didn´t know, I´m an avid tweeter, especially for Professional Development and networking with colleagues all over the world. Yesterday, #ELTchat was about Teaching English through songs: activities, resources and benefits of using songs for teaching. 13 readings and resources,68 ideas for using songs,50 example songs with links,11 music-related web 2.0 tools All this information, which I have tried to digest for easier consumption, is too long to be posted in one blog post so I have divided it into 4 parts: You can, of course, access the original #ELTchat at So here it goes! 1. 2. 3. 4.

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